Young Patronesses of the Opera

Young Patronesses of the Opera Vocal Competition 2019

This application closed on Monday February 4, 2019.

The Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Voice Competition takes place in Miami Beach, Florida, on April 12 and 13, 2019. It provides financial aid to young opera singers who are pursuing careers as solo artists. This support may be applied to tuition at the undergraduate or graduate level, or may be used for any other expenses incurred in the pursuit or sustaining of a beginning career, such as role preparation, continuing vocal study, language study, publicity photos, or audition expenses.

Competitions are held in two categories: Junior Young Artist (20-25) and Senior Young Artist (26-30). Singers must provide a repertoire list of five arias from the opera repertoire, with audio versions of at least two. The same repertoire must be used for all levels of the competition, so please make sure that the audio selections you submit with your application are pieces you are prepared to sing for the judges in April. Current members of Florida Grand Opera's Young Artist Studio are not eligible to participate in the competition.

Approximately 30 semifinalists will be invited to Miami to audition for the judges on Friday, April 12. Approximately 10 finalists will be invited to audition before the judges and a live audience on Saturday, April 13. All finalists will be awarded at least $1,000, with grand prizes of $10,000 (Senior) or $7,500 (Junior). Semifinalists who don't advance to the finals will receive a small stipend to help defray the costs of attending the competition.

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Personal Information

Singers selected to compete in Miami Beach will be required to provide proof of age (must be between the ages of 20 and 30 as of the application deadline of February 1, 2019) and proof of residency in the United States of America.

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Please submit two (2) selections from your list of required repertoire. Choose carefully: Your audio selections must be included in the repertoire list at the competition in April. Make sure to check your submissions for sound quality. Do not use amplification when recording.
Number of selections required: 2.
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Proof of Birth Date

Please include your proof of birth date. Acceptable documents include a copy of your current driver's license, passport, or birth certificate. This may be the same document as used for your proof of U.S. residency, if appropriate. Number of documents required: 1.
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Proof of U.S. Residency

Please include proof of U.S. residency, if proof of birth date does not already take care of this. Acceptable documents include a copy of your current driver's license or passport. This may be the same document as used for your proof of birthdate, if appropriate. Maximum number of documents permitted: 1
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Competition Selections

Applicants must provide a program of five (5) operatic arias in various styles and languages. For each aria, please provide the name of the aria, the composer, and the opera from which it comes.

The same program should be used for all rounds of the competition. Your audio selections are considered the first round of the competition.

At the semi-final and final auditions, applicants will sing one aria of their choice. Subsequent arias will be chosen by the judges.
Number of selections required: 5.
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
Selection 4
Selection 5

Payment Details

Please note: all application fees are non-refundable.